CALDWELL, Idaho — The return trip to College of Idaho was considerably shorter than the Southern Oregon University volleyball team had in mind.
SOU's 19th straight winning season came to an abrupt end Friday night in the semifinals of the Cascade Conference tournament when the 22nd-ranked Coyotes swept up and sent the Raiders home by scores of 25-13, 25-10 and 25-21 in 57 minutes.
The Raiders, who lost in last year's semis on the same floor, finished with a record of 17-10. They cornered a five-set decision earlier this season at the J.A. Albertson Activities Center, but this one looked a lot more like C of I's 3-0 win in Ashland on Nov. 2.
Outside hitter Emily Ottinger made it happen again for the top-seeded Coyotes (17-9), racking up 14 kills with a .542 attacking average after putting a career-high 21 kills on the Raiders the last time around. Elisa Brochado added nine kills on 15 swings to help C of I to a season-best .459 team attack.
Conversely, SOU couldn't get its attack going, hitting .155 with just one service ace and four blocks. Mona Goudarzian led the way with 10 kills, Paulla Pinheiro had 10 and Lauren McGowne posted 29 assists. Renee Yomtob contributed a team-best 15 digs.
SOU claimed the first point of the first two sets, but C of I never trailed otherwise.
Concordia upset second-seeded Eastern Oregon in the other semifinal and will play for the championship at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Three seniors played their final match in Raider uniforms: Gourdarzian, Yomtob and Liz Madden. The latter two were in the program for the last five years, and Yomtob came just 16 digs away from matching the program's career record, ultimately landing at second on the list with 1,631.
At Lewiston, Idaho, Kristen Schoenherr scored a career-high 21 points, but the Southern Oregon University women's basketball team couldn't break through Friday in an 82-76 loss at Lewis-Clark State.
Ashley Claussen gave SOU (4-1 overall) its last lead, 42-41, when she hit a 3-pointer with 17 minutes left. The Raiders never trailed by more than, and Autumn Durand's 3-pointer made it 78-74 with 20 seconds remaining, but the Warriors made six of seven free throws to seal it.
Tannis Fuller had 17 points and six rebounds for the Warriors (6-0), who also put three others in double figures: Brittaney Niebergall (15), Caelyn Orlandi (10) and Brooke Litalien (10).
Schoenherr, who went 6-for-12 from the field, added six rebounds and four assists. Carly Meister had 16 points, Allison Gida had 14 and Durand finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
Durand's 3 put the Raiders in front on the first possession of the second half after they had trailed but as many as 10 in the first.
The Raiders play again Saturday against Cal State San Marcos at the Lewis-Clark State Tournament at 4 p.m. Pacific Time.
The Southern Oregon University wrestling team, ranked No. 8 in the NAIA, will host the annual SOU Open today and Sunday at Bob Riehm Arena.
Preliminary rounds are scheduled to get underway at 3 p.m. Saturday and will go for approximately five hours. Action resumes at 9 a.m. Sunday with the championship rounds, and the finals will begin at about 11 a.m.
Day passes cost $10. Alumni will be admitted free of charge on Saturday.
Somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 wrestlers will represent 10 different schools: Highline Community College (Wash.), Lassen C.C. (Calif.), North Idaho, Oregon State's reserves, Pacific University, Sierra C.C. (Calif.), Simon Fraser (B.C.), Simpson (Calif.), Southwestern Oregon C.C. and SOU.
"This'll be good for us because the whole point is to get as many matches as you can, and we have guys who need that experience right now," SOU head coach Mike Ritchey said.
The Open will provide the Raiders with their last chances to prepare for a couple of enormous tests next week: Thursday at second-ranked Montana State-Northern and Friday at No. 6 Great Falls (Mont.). SOU had tight duals with both schools last year in Ashland, winning 25-18 and 23-17.
The Raiders started their season last Saturday in impressive fashion against 13th-ranked Menlo (Calif.) with a 30-18 dual victory. They tied it in the last two contested classes of the night — top-ranked Brock Gutches (174 pounds) won by technical fall and No. 6 Jacob Abrams (184) came through with a pin — then won with a pair of forfeits.